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Curated research library of TV news clips regarding the NSA, its oversight and privacy issues, 2009-2014

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Primary curation & research: Robin Chin, Internet Archive TV News Researcher; using TV News Archive service.

Speakers

Keith Alexander
General, Director of the National Security Agency, Chief of the Central Security Service and Commander of the United States Cyber Command.
LINKTV 08/02/2013
Alexander continued: we're not putting dossiers up on every US citizen. In fact, we don't have a dossier on you. I have never seen one of your e-mails from an intelligence perspective or otherwise, actually. From my perspective, these are grossly out of the truth. They really are. To think we would be collecting on every US person, one, that would be against the law. Two, we get great oversight by all branches of the government. I must have been bad when i was a kid. We get supervised by the Defense Department.
Keith Alexander
General, Director of the National Security Agency, Chief of the Central Security Service and Commander of the United States Cyber Command.
LINKTV 08/02/2013
Alexander continued: like these seem to persist. You see them bounce around. It only hurts because people think, well, they must have something, there must be some element of truth there. From my perspective, when you walk all the way through this, The reality is Congress knows we're not doing that, all branches of our government see that we’re not doing it. All of them can audit it. From my perspective, I’d add that to Bill McCravens, not only should we stop leaks, but we should stop reporting this clearly, not right.
John Conyers
U.S. Representative, Judiciary Ranking Member
LINKTV 08/02/2013
Conyers: Alexander told so many whoppers in one statement that it is hard to recount them all. First of all, this information isn't available to anybody. We only got it through a person that took it improperly and made it public. So the whole
John Conyers
U.S. Representative, Judiciary Ranking Member
LINKTV 08/02/2013
Conyers continued: I hope that, i don't suppose he can announce a way to modify what he said, but it is clearly, untruthful from beginning to end.
Thomas Massie
U.S. Representative, R-Kentucy, co-sponsor Amash Amendment
LINKTV 08/02/2013
Massie: Whether these people should keep their jobs or not. You could probably parse General Keith Alexander's words and somebody could argue that he wasn't lying, but i would say he was definitely misleading the public on that issue. But the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, was here in March and unambiguously lied to Congress. I believe he was under oath. It really sets a bad precedent for the whole organization to let him keep his post. I think you should be relieved of his post for lying
Thomas Massie
U.S. Representative, R-Kentucy, co-sponsor Amash Amendment
LINKTV 08/02/2013
Massie continued: lying to Congress. He could have chosen other words to say. He could've said, "i can't comment on that." Instead he chose to lie to us in a hearing. Goodman: Could he be brought up on charges of perjury? Massie: if this were any American citizen or civilian, they would certainly be prosecuted for what he just did. At a minimum, he should lose his post. Goodman: do you agree with that, Congress member Conyers? Conyers: yes, ma'am, I do, completely
Thomas Massie
U.S. Representative, R-Kentucy, co-sponsor Amash Amendment
LINKTV 08/02/2013
Massie: if we accept the premise it is ok for government to lie to us or for one branch of the government to lie to another branch of government in order to protect our public safety, then we have crossed the threshold. We cannot accept it is ok for government to lie to us to protect us. Conyers: yes. We can't turn into a surveillance state, trying to protect these kinds of
John Conyers
U.S. Representative, Judiciary Ranking Member
LINKTV 08/02/2013
We can't turn into a surveillance state, trying to protect these kinds of conduct that we all know is improper and probably illegal.
Glenn Greenwald
Guardian Reporter
KGO 08/04/2013
Greenwald: members of Congress, members from both political parties actually came to us and showed us all kinds of letters and e-mails that they've been exchanging in which they're trying to get the most basic information about what the NSA is doing and spying on American citizens and what the FISA court has been doing in terms of declaring some of this illegal, some of it legal. Remember, we keep hearing that there's all kinds of robust oversight by Congress and we need not worry and yet these members of Congress, one who is Morgan Griffith
Glenn Greenwald
Guardian Reporter
KGO 08/04/2013
Greenwald continued: Morgan Griffith a Republican from Virginia, the other Alan Grayson the democrat from Florida showed us, and we're publishing this morning, very detailed letters trying to get this information and they're being blocked from getting it and they've said and other members have said that they are forced to learn about what the NSA is doing from what they're reading in our reporting. Raddatz: And when you say they're being blocked, how are they being blocked? People are refusing to give it to them in Congress? Greewald: Correct
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